TWO schools are among the proposals for development on a green field site in the Vale.

Proposals by the Vale education department showed the Glebe Fields site in Sully, opposite the church on South Road, is a possible option following plans to advertise on the open market.

The proposals were unveiled at a meeting last week of the Welsh Church Acts Estates Committee, which owns and administers the site.

Local education authorities gave a presentation of their proposal to the committee that the land at the Glebe Fields be disposed of by the Welsh Church Act Estate Committee.

They proposed that two schools be located at the site; a 200 student facility for children with special educational needs and a 50 place facility for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties.

However, Sully residents have protested the proposal, citing fears of over-development of the village when coupled with the Welsh Government’s decision to build 576 homes on nearby Lower Cosmeston Farm.

Combined with the existing Beechwood College, the village would serve three schools in the area.

Residents have also raised fears that the additional traffic generated by the 250 new students – as well as additional staff – getting to the schools will cause serious traffic problems on already congested roads.

Further worries were raised that the increased traffic would lead to a need for a new junction on South Road.

The land had previously been used by Sully Centurions Cricket Club, before being re-acquired by the Welsh Church Act Estates Committee.

A second presentation was also put forward at the committee meeting, with a proposal for the land to be sold at a favourable rate to an organisation already based in the local village.

The presentation called for a not-for-profit health centre, a new library building and other well being and recreational provision for local residents with any potential ongoing profits to be allocated for community benefit.

A report from the committee noted that they had received expressions of interest from third parties for a range of sporting activities and other proposed uses: including a local football club, croquet club, car park, private nursing home and supported living bungalows and grazing land requests.

Councillor Lis Burnett, Vale of Glamorgan Council deputy leader and cabinet member for education and regeneration, said: “The council is currently considering possible sites for a new centre for learning and wellbeing and a new school for children with additional learning needs.

“While there has been a proposal for this facility to be situated on the Glebe Fields, it is our understanding that the land will be advertised on the open market where it could be purchased for another purpose.

“We have a statutory duty of care to meet the demand for pupil places, and this includes meeting the needs of our most vulnerable young people. Any proposals would be subject to full consultation, meaning all interested parties would have an opportunity to share their views before any decision is made.

“Should proposals progress, they would also be subject to separate planning consultation.

“This would include consideration of highways and traffic concerns.”